“You have turned it into a death Camp” – the United Nations verdict on the Syrian government. For five years Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces besieged and bombarded Yarmouk, the largest Palestinian camp in Syria. The assault was designed to drive out militant Islamic State fighters holding onto what was to become the last anti-government zone in Damascus.
Yarmouk lies on the southern fringes of the Syrian capital. It’s a densely packed area of streets just five miles from the city centre.
Our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson was the first western journalist to enter Yarmouk since the Syrian army seized it from Islamic State fighters in recent days. He joins us live now from Damascus.